Viewing: Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald ash borer takes flight

By on May 3, 2017

The days are warm now and many North Carolinians have thoughts of leaving their homes for summer vacation.  The invasive emerald ash borer is doing the same, except its destination is our beautiful ash trees. It is peak flying season

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Today’s Topic: April is Plant Pest Awareness Month

By on April 18, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” April is National Plant Pest Awareness Month, which is intended to educate the public about the threat that certain insects, plant diseases

Saving ‘old man’s beard’: Protecting white fringetree from the emerald ash borer

By on November 2, 2016

It’s the beginning of November and the stubble has begun! In case you haven’t noticed the trend in recent years, the month of November has turned into “no shave November” or “Movember” for many men. It’s a month devoted to

Emerald ash borer on the move: Four new counties positive for the tree-killing beetle

By on July 27, 2016

Across the state, North Carolinians are packing their bags and going on their summer vacations. Roads are full of families driving to the beautiful N.C. beaches, charming Piedmont destinations and the awe-inspiring mountains. But vacationers aren’t the only ones on

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News Roundup: May 21-27

By on May 27, 2016

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “Freeze Damage in Peaches Becoming Evident,”  Southern Farm Network: (Audio) Two late freezes, one in

Tracking the emerald ash borer

By on May 11, 2016

The emerald ash borer put on a big show in 2015. Last year, the tree-killing beetle was found in 14 North Carolina counties, bringing the total infested counties in the state to 18. Previously, it was only known to occur in four

2015: N.C.’s Forest Health Year-In-Review

By on December 30, 2015

North Carolina is well-known for its beautiful forests that cover a majority of the state. From being known as “the land of the pines” to being a favorite vacation spot for fall leaf season, our state is home to trees that

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Today’s Topic: Buying firewood locally can help prevent spread of plant pests

By on December 15, 2015

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Even though recent warm weather would indicate otherwise, it is firewood season in North Carolina. As winter approaches, it’s important to consider buying local

DIY: Using insecticides to protect or rehab ash trees from emerald ash borer attack

By on October 7, 2015

The emerald ash borer has become notorious in North Carolina. From its first appearance in the state in 2013, it has already left a trail of dead ash trees in its wake. And it continues to spread, prompting a statewide

Entire state now quarantined for emerald ash borer

By on September 23, 2015

On Sept. 10, Commissioner Troxler signed an emergency order that expanded the emerald ash borer quarantine from a handful of infested counties within North Carolina to the entire state. This means that regulated articles may move about freely within the state